The Student Development Team
“Character is the firm foundation stone upon which one must build to win respect. Just as no worthy building can be erected on a weak foundation, so no lasting reputation worthy of respect can be built on a weak character.” -RC. Samsel
The Student Development team, comprising the Year Heads, Subject Head Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), Subject Head Pastoral Care & Career Education (PCCE), Discipline Committee, Counsellors and the Allied Educator, Learning Behavioural Needs (AED / LBS) endeavour to nurture a culture of respect, love for learning and excellence, so students can be confident persons, self-directed learners, concerned citizens and active contributors.
They also work closely with the student body to make the school a place where they can feel at home and are significant members of the SAC family. Year Heads gather feedback on students’ needs and aspirations and collaborate with various school and external partners to meet these needs.
Character and Citizenship Education
Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) has always been at the heart of our brand of Canossian Education. The goal of CCE is to inculcate values and build competencies in our students. The new CCE framework brings together key school programmes, platforms and initiatives and aligns them to our key student outcomes of a Passionate Learner, Servant Leader and Active Citizen. By adopting a three-pronged approach that focuses on – Curriculum, Experience and Example, students develop the CORRI qualities of Can-Do Spirit, Other-Centredness, Responsible Individuality, Resilience and an Inquiring Mind.
Based on the principle of “every teacher a CCE teacher”, SACSS offers a broad-based curriculum, delivered through weekly lessons that are conducted throughout the year by the Form and Co-Form teachers of each class. Using a wide array of instructional strategies such as storytelling, forum theatres and panel discussions, the CCE curriculum engages students in facilitative conversations to highlight and clarify their beliefs in various areas:
- Values Education
- Citizenship Education
- Sexuality Education
- Education and Career Guidance
To help students internalise lessons learned in the classroom, SACSS provides multiple platforms for students to apply the values, knowledge and skills learned in authentic learning situations. These include:
- Co-Curricular Activities
- Student Leadership Programmes
- Values In Action Programmes
- Lifeskills and Enrichment Programmes
To facilitate the internalisation process, the school adopts the Responsible Thinking Process (RTP) which underpins the entire discipline programme. The RTP entails helping students to think through and reflect on the impact their actions while preserving the dignity of the child.
The character development experience culminates in the recognition of students who have been a shining example and good role model to their peers. SACSS offers a broad and comprehensive awards structure that recognises students who display good character and values.
Student Leadership Programme
The SACSS Student Leadership Programme focuses on developing the leadership potential of every student and providing opportunities for her to exhibit her leadership qualities.
Profile of a SACSS Student Leader
- Able to self-manage (academic, role model)
- Able to serve & lead confidently
- A Team Player
- A Mentor to the Juniors
- A Servant Leader in the community
- Guided by The Leadership Challenge Model practices (Kouzes & Posner)
Student Leadership Structure
The leadership journey begins in Sec 1 where all students learn about their strengths and begin to consider their personal leadership style.
In Sec 2, a select group are identified to become leaders-in-training and are given the opportunity to better understand and hone their leadership skills.
In Sec 3, leaders assume additional responsibilities and endeavour to be good role models as they discharge their duties, take on challenges on a project basis.
When they in Sec 4, they become mentors to their juniors, providing guidance and support in discharging their responsibilities in day to day activities and school events.
The student leadership programme focuses on 3 areas, namely; Leadership Training, Leadership Opportunities and Leadership Recognition.
Student Leadership Training
Student leadership training is progressive and starts from a general broad-based learning to specific training using the Leadership Challenge Model by Kouzes and Posner.
Student Leadership Opportunities
Leadership Opportunities are provided through Morning Duties, Involvement in School Events and initiating Activities for Students e.g. – Valentine’s Day, Teachers’ Day celebrations
The various Councils are tasked to organise various school events and activities over and above the usual morning duties.
Student Leadership Recognition
Student Leaders receive the Canossian Awards as recognition for their contribution. The outstanding Leadership Awards are given to those who display excellent character and leadership attributes in the performance of their roles as student leaders.
Canossian Spirituality Programme
The Canossian Spirituality Programme seeks to develop “persons of integrity committed to serve God and others”.
It aims to:
- Make Jesus Known And Loved
- Empower Our Catholics to be committed Canossian Servant Leaders of tomorrow by Developing the Whole Person Spiritually, Emotionally and Intellectually
- Nurture the Being of Our Non-Catholics so that they develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of their own Faith
This is in Alignment with the Five Essential Marks of Catholic Schools (excerpts from the article by J. Michael Miller, CSB, Secretary for Congregation for Catholic Education) that focus on the
- Presence of Godw
- Focus in on the Person as an Individual
- Communication in speaking the truth in love
- Christian/ Universal Values highlighted in every subject/curriculum
- Living Witness of God
Taking a developmental approach in nurturing our students, the Canossian Spirituality Team works closely with the Character & Citizenship Education and Student Leadership Committees to ensure that our students are moulded to be grounded in sound values. Some of these activities include Daily Prayers, Quite Time, Friday Reflections, Catholic Awareness Week, Youth Mission (Secondary 4s), Mid-Year and End-of-Year Reflections.
The programmes and activities centre on developing them to grow to be ones embracing the values of Our Foundress St Magdalene of Canossa, her follower, St Bakhita and our Patron Saint, St Anthony of Padua.
The SACSS Career Education Programme seeks to help students raise their self-awareness and the world of work, identify their career aspirations and guide them in their education and career decision-making processes.
Platforms used to educate students on their post-secondary options:
· VE Lessons
· Poster displays and booths set up by the various polytechnic, JCs & ITEs
· Parents’ Night
· Learning Journeys to the various institutions
Student Development Team
Choy Poh Lin – Year Head ( Upper Secondary )
Teo Jin Ling – Year Head ( Lower Secondary )
He Jun Hao – Subject Head ( Character & Citizenship Education )
Anwarul Haq – Subject Head ( Discipline )
Sharon Yu Weiling – Subject Head, covering ( Pastoral Care & Career Education )
Stephanie Ann Kessler – AED/Counsellor (AED/C)
Kwa Qian Hui – Allied Educator, ( Learning and Behavioral Needs )